The concept of the Villars Big probably grew from the very successful collaboration between the VVJO and the BBB (Burghausen Big Band), initially with a shared concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2014 followed by a return visit to Bavaria with another shared concert. From this grew the idea of a long weekend of concert performances, free and ticketed, by a number of big bands from various parts of the world. A group of jazz professionals would perform with the different bands, as well as giving their own concert. Jam sessions every evening would allow the musicians to interact, in the fine tradition of the forties big band era.
The resounding success of the 2015 event meant that a repeat in 2016 was inevitable.